Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple Afternoon Tour

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  • Location: Penang, Malaysia
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3705PEN11
Visit top sights in Penang on a half-day tour that includes a ride on Penang Hill Railway and a tour of Kek Lok Si Temple and Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas. On a clear day, you can even take in views that extend from Georgetown over to mainland Malaysia. You'll travel with an expert guide who explains the history behind some of Penang's top landmarks on this tour, which includes pickup and drop-off at your Penang hotel or the cruise port.
After pickup from your hotel or the cruise port, travel by air-conditioned vehicle with a guide who shares informative commentary on Penang.

Drive to the Georgetown station where you board the Penang Hill Railway, a funicular train that takes approximately 20 minutes to climb Penang Hill, Malaysia's oldest hill station. During the ride, look for monkeys and other creatures that live in the lush forest. At the summit, situated 2,695 feet (821 meters) above Georgetown, enjoy the cooler air and panoramic views of the lush mountains and city below.

Then hop back in your vehicle to visit Kek Lok Si. Also known as the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas, Kek Lok Si is considered one of the largest and most impressive Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia. Built in 1890 by a Chinese Buddhist immigrant, Kek Lok Si remains an important cornerstone of the Malay-Chinese community. Carved into the slope of Air Itam, close to Penang Hill, the temple features a seven-tiered pagoda with a combination of Chinese, Thai and Burmese craftsmanship and architectural features.

Your guide shows you around the vast temple complex, pointing out important features including a bronze statue of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, that stands 99 feet (30 meters) tall. Stop at the Pond of Longevity, where hundreds of tortoises live after being set free by devotees; your guide explains how tortoises represent longevity, endurance and strength in Chinese culture.

At the end of a fascinating 4-hour tour, your guide returns you to your hotel or the cruise port.

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Tour departs from selected Penang hotels and cruise port

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4 hours (approx.)
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Returns to original departure point at approximately 6:15pm

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Pickup from Port
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Tour commence from your arrival port in Penang; Tour Type - Private

USD $75.31
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Pickup from Hotel

Tour commence from your Penang hotel; Tour Type - SIC

USD $53.23
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Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple Afternoon Tour

Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple

  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Ride on a funicular tram
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vehicles are collapsible wheelchair accessible, however the driver is unable to assist passengers boarding and disembarking due to insurance regulations
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Jenny, November 2015

Highly enjoyed this tour. Kek lok si is a must see temple and the grounds were absolutely beautiful. Penang Hill was amazing and loved seeing so many monkeys at the top of the hill. Highly recommend Phillip as your tour guide. He was extremely friendly and funny and taught me so much about Penang in just a few hours.

Reviewed by: Stephen T, June 2015

Fascinating tour, the guide was very good and arrived on time. The views from Penang Hill were amazing as was the ride to the top as our guide managed to get us in the first carriage. Well worth the money

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Tour code: 3705PEN11